Psychiatry vs Psychotherapy

Psychiatry vs Psychotherapy

Significant Differences:

Similarities

What are the differences between a Psychiatrist and a Psychotherapist?

The main difference is the amount of training and degrees held, but there are benefits to seeing both.

A psychiatrist is a Medical Doctor (an M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in psychiatry, the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders. They can perform laboratory evaluations, conduct physical exams, prescribe medication if needed, and offer psychotherapy and medical advice. Psychiatrists often receive more training in diagnosing mental illness vs medical illnesses

Conversely, a psychotherapist can hold an array of other degrees, such as Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). A psychotherapist is not a medical doctor and cannot prescribe medicine, however, they are often more trained in carrying out various forms of psychotherapy.

What are some examples of psychotherapy exercises?

Psychotherapy uses psychological exercises to help the individual change behavior and overcome desired problems. Some examples of these exercises include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Assertiveness Training, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness. These are exercises used by both psychiatrists and psychotherapists to help patients achieve mental wellness.

Why see a psychiatrist vs. a psychotherapist?

Psychiatrists and psychotherapists go hand in hand. They work together to help achieve wellness goals for the client. With their shared knowledge about psychological processes and how stress and trauma impact the nervous system, they collaborate on a treatment plan that best serves the client’s needs. Patients may also benefit from working with a psychotherapist that offers more frequent sessions than a psychiatrist.

The Regional Psychiatry Difference

At Regional Psychiatry, sessions with our Psychotherapists (LCSW, LMHC) offer 1 hour sessions of implementing various psychological methods to help change behavior and overcome desired problems. Regional Psychiatry Psychotherapists are also trained in Integrative/Holistic techniques which will be utilized during sessions in compliment to conventional techniques. Similarly, Psychiatrists at Regional Psychiatry have a more holistic approach to mental wellbeing and typically look for ways outside of simply prescribing medication to help heal and promote wellness. We are committed to finding the treatment plan that works best for you.

Significant Differences:

Similarities

Significant Differences:

Similarities

1. Psychiatrists are medical doctors, Psychotherapists are not

2. Psychiatrists prescribe medication, Psychotherapists can not

3. Psychiatrist are often more trained in diagnosing and distinguishing between mental illness vs medical illness

4. Psychotherapists are often more trained in carrying out various forms of psychotherapy as defined above

5. Sessions with psychotherapists are typically more frequent

1. Both work together to help achieve wellness goals for the client

2. Both have knowledge about psychological processes and how stress and trauma impact the nervous system

1. Psychiatrists are medical doctors, Psychotherapists are not
2. Psychiatrists prescribe medication, Psychotherapists can not.
5. Sessions with psychotherapists are typically more frequent.

1. Both work together to help achieve wellness goals for the client

2. Both have knowledge about psychological processes and how stress and trauma impact the nervous system.

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